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Mom accused of letting toddler sip margarita avoids trial

1 year 3 months 1 week ago July 16, 2015 Jul 16, 2015 Thursday, July 16 2015 July 16, 2015 10:10 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

SALEM - A Massachusetts woman accused of allowing her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and pouring some of it into the girl's sippy cup has avoided trial and possible deportation.

Forty-two-year-old Sheldy Nelson of Lynn was originally scheduled to go to trial Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and providing alcohol to a minor.

The Salem News reports that a judge last week agreed to continue the charges without a finding for 11 months. They will be dismissed if Nelson takes a parenting class, passes random alcohol tests and complies with orders from child welfare officials.

Her attorney has said Nelson, who is from Haiti, didn't realize margaritas contained alcohol. He said a conviction would result in deportation.

A waitress told police last August that Nelson ignored two warnings from restaurant staff to stop giving her daughter sips of her margarita.

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